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Michael Atherton blasts ICC’s ‘Big Three’ proposal

Former England Captain Michael Atherton had strong words against the power hungry BCCI © Getty Images
Former England Captain Michael Atherton had strong words against the power hungry BCCI © Getty Images

London: Jan 27, 2014

Former England captain Michael Atherton has openly criticised the move by the cricket boards of England, India and Australia to take control of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and also enjoy bigger share of the revenues of the governing body.

“…the end of the notion that a fair and principled and just body can govern cricket in the interests of all. It is an ideal, of course, that has never been grounded in any kind of reality under the guise of the ICC, but if you cannot be idealistic about sport, what can you be idealistic about?” Atherton has questioned in his column for the Times.

Atherton gives some credence, if reluctantly, to the view that England and Australia feel they have no choice but to grant India power in a way that will encourage them to run the world game responsibly — and even suggests India has now been affected with the arrogance of old colonialism.

“The tone of the proposal is so arrogant and high-handed as to recall an earlier age when the organisation began as the Imperial Cricket Conference,” Atherton wrote.

Atherton was very critical of ICC’s governance.

“No one doubts that the status quo, as far as the ICC is concerned, is unacceptable: two full-member countries are thought to be corrupt; four are essentially broke; most rely on India‘s largesse to keep going, while the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is disgruntled that the distribution of revenues does not reflect its provenance.

“Politics, race and personalities interfere with decision-making at every turn. Incompetence is a given; at a recent ICC meeting, I was told of one director who took to snoring through an anti-corruption presentation.”

Atherton said that the recommendations of the Woolf report to place power in the hands of an independent executive – a solution championed by the former ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat, who was soon removed from office — would have been the most idealistic solution.

“The best that can be said for this deal, indeed the only thing that can be said for this deal, is that India become a fully engaged and interested party to world cricket. Inside the tent and happy for the moment, rather than prowling outside and angry.”

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